Next Event: 21st May. Guided tour of Lord Leycester Hospital and Warwick
The Lapworth Local History Group was founded in 1965 with the aim ‘to foster and encourage learning about history with a focus on local issues, especially in Warwickshire and the Midlands of England’. The President is the local historian, Joy Woodall, author of Portrait of Lapworth. The History Group is affiliated to the Warwickshire Local History Society. Meetings are held at Lapworth Village Hall with visits leaving from the Village Hall between March and July.
Have you thought of joining the group? It is easy. Come along to one of our meetings or contact our secretary, Linda Cousins (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 01564 782124, or contact our visits secretary, Diana Smith on 01564 782595. Annual membership costs £ 7.50 with new members and visitors (a small charge is made) always welcome to our meetings. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available at most meetings. We meet at Lapworth Village Hall on the Old Warwick Road (B94 6LD) on Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. Details of the History Group programme for 2012-2013 is to be found here.
Forthcoming events include include the annual buffet supper, an illustrated view of the history of the 20th Century in 60 minutes by Martin Harrison, Beyond the Lord Leycester Hospital - The Grenadier Guards with Lt. Col. Lesinski, Homes and Gardens through the Ages with David Muntzer, Scandal amongst the Ladies of Lichfield Cathedral Close with Patsie Jarman, a special talk on Shakespeare in Warwickshire on Shakespeare’s Birthday with Roger Pringle, and ‘More Tea Less Vicar’ with Jill Fraser (ex BBC) talking about the background to her book on moving into village life in a Warwickshire village – some cautionary tales here ?
Full details of the programme are here.
History Visits are being planned between March and July 2013 which will leave from Lapworth Village Hall. Details from Diana Smith: 01564782595.
Recent Outings included Compton Verney House, Shugborough Hall and Lacock where we basked in the hot summer sun in June!
Our visit to the beautiful Wiltshire village of Lacock, included a visit to its church with the unique dedication to St. Cyriac, the Tithe Barn, the Fox Talbot Photographic Museum, Lacock Abbey, the village shops and sampling local eating places.
Regular articles appear in the Ferncumbe News, Lapworth Parish Magazine and the Packwood News along with articles in the Solihull Village Life.
Our President, Joy Woodall, has researched the village and published an excellent book: Portrait of Lapworth which records the history, typography and people along with events and places in the area mainly relating to the 18th and 19th centuries
The History of Lapworth. If you would like to discover a more about the history of Lapworth, you can read the first part of Lapworth, The History of a Warwickshire village here.
Morris Electrical After more than 50 years service to Lapworth and the surounding area, Morris Electrical shop (or more correctly: D.A Morris) closed in 2012. You can read a history of the shop written by Peter Hill here.
Memories of Hugh Birkett? Peter Hill of the History society is planning to write a paper about Hugh Birkett, craftsman, furniture designer and former resident of Lapworth.
Peter would be really interested in tracking down memories people might have of him. Here is the article about it that Peter wrote for the Parish Magazine.
Recent Booklets and Leaflets available from the History Group.
Baddesley Clinton – The Baddesley Clinton Hatchments, Alan Knight:Designer Craftsman in Metal, Hugh Birkett: Designer Craftsman in Wood.
Lapworth - Eric Gill: The Florence Bradshaw Memorial 1928, A. John Poole: Madonna and Child Stature 2001,The Lapworth Missal 1398, Church Timeline: St. Mary the Virgin, Art, Architecture and Archaeology: St. Mary the Virgin.
Church Inscriptions – ‘Inscriptions within the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Lapworth Warwickshire’ records all the inscriptions found within Lapworth parish church, (14C – 21C), often with extra background information for each inscription. There is a chapter on ‘Lost Inscriptions’, those originally seen in the church and for which some record still exists. A copy of this research paper has been archived at the Warwickshire County Record Office.